Mississippi National Guard helps deliver coronavirus vaccine

Mississippi National Guard helps deliver coronavirus vaccine

CANTON, Miss. (WLBT) - Mississippi soldiers continue their role in fighting to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

One-thousand members of the Mississippi National guard are working with the state health department in a COVID-19 taskforce. Many have been deployed in the state since March.

This week they are administering the vaccine at drive through locations around the state.

Many working on the task force say they’re honored to play a role in keeping Mississippians safe from the virus.

Captain Tameca Barnes said, “I’m a soldier before I’m anything and it delights my heart to be here to serve the citizens of Mississippi, so I’m excited to know I’m part of something that will be way bigger than me 10 years from now, 20 years from now, to know that I am a part of something to help save lives.”

In recent months, the guard members have also staffed COVID testing sites across the state. To this date they’ve tested over 179,000 Mississippians for the virus.

They’ve also helped deliver over 1.2 million pieces of personal protection equipment to hospitals and long term care facilities.

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